Zweig Fund 2000 Research Awards

The Harry M. Zweig Memorial Fund for Equine Research honors the late Dr. Harry M. Zweig, a distinguished veterinarian, and his numerous contributions to New York’s equine industry. In 1979, by amendment to the parimutuel revenue laws, the New York State legislature created the Harry M. Zweig Memorial Fund to promote equine research at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University. The Harry M. Zweig Committee is established for the purpose of administering the fund and is composed of individuals in specified state agencies and equine industry positions and others who represent equine breeders, owners, trainers, and veterinarians.

The following research awards were recently made by the Zweig Memorial Fund For Equine Research Committee.


  • Douglas Antczak, DVM, PhD, $55,679 for “Horse Genome Project.”
  • Norm Ducharme, DVM, MSc, Dipl. ACVS, and Richard Hackett, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, $28,771 for “Spectro-Temporal Signature for Identification of Upper Airway Abnormalities in Exercising Horses.”
  • Alan Nixon, BVSc, MS, Dipl. ACVS, $67,787 for “Growth Factor Gene Therapy Approaches to Equine Cartilage Repair.”


  • Yung-Fu Chang, DVM, MS, PhD, Dipl. ACVM, $46,531 for “Cloning of L. interrogans Serovar Pomona Type Kennewicki Immunogen Genes.”


  • Dorothy Ainsworth, DVM, MS, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, $37,730 for “Exercise-Induced Immunosuppression: A Cause of Illness and Vaccine Failures in Racehorses?”
  • Robert Gilmour, PhD, $33,600 for “Ionic Basis of Repolarization in Equine Heart: Relevance to Atrial Fibrillation and Acquired LQTS.”
  • Kevin Haussler, DVM, DC, PhD, $40,000 for “Back Motion in Horses During Different Gaits: Effects of Back Injuries.”

Total Zweig funds awarded were $310,098.

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